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New Film Chronicles Jews Who Survived Nazis for 511 Days Underground (VIDEO)

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Screen shot from film of former cave inhabitants. Photo: Magnolia Pictures.

A new film that chronicles the longest continuous underground survival in recorded human history has hit U.S. theaters. The film, No Place on Earth, tells the story of several Jewish families who lived in an underground cave starting in 1942 to avoid detection by the Nazis. They lived in the cave, located in Ukraine, for 511 days, only leaving at night to hunt for food.

The cave was discovered by caving enthusiast Chris Nicola, an American, who then endeavored to track down its former occupants. Through a mixture of first-person accounts and re-enactments director Janet Tobias put together a film that one film critic has called “a substantial contribution to Holocaust cinema.”

Watch the trailer for No Place on Earth below:

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